Selling Products When Speaking

There is not a thing wrong with selling products in conjunction with a speaking engagement. Here are some tips I’ve found effective:

•        Give one of your products away while on the platform. I ask for a volunteer, reward them with “any book on my table over there,” and move on. You can also hold the book or tape up and present it at the moment.

•        Have the introducer mention your products and how to acquire them while at the conference. It’s a good idea to include that “Ms. Jones has kindly provided a 15-percent discount to conference participants while she is here.”

•        If there is a convention bookstore, arrange to have your products displayed with you advertised as a featured speaker.

•        Have someone staff your table. Never do this yourself. I try never to exchange products for money personally. If you need someone from the association, facility, or client, make arrangements to provide them with a commission or a flat fee.

•         Accept all major credit cards. This can be arranged easily through your local bank or American Express.

•         Create a “package” price, for which someone can purchase every product on the table at a discount. If it’s not there, no one can take advantage of it. If it is there, someone will almost always do it, and you get a several-hundred-dollar sale from one person.

•        Give every visitor to the table a catalog of your products, whether they purchase or not. You may want to stamp the conference or client name on them and indicate that there is an XX-percent discount in effect for 30 days.

•         Present one set of your products as a gift to the trade association library, client library, or a charity supported by the client.

•        Offer to stay and sign books.

Excerpted from Million Dollar Speaking (McGraw-Hill, 2010).

© Alan Weiss 2010. All rights reserved.

One thought on “Selling Products When Speaking

  1. Thanks for this. I just ordered Million Dollar “Speaking as a result. I have been asked several times over the last two years to speak and kept turing teh requests down for one reason or another. I made it my goal recently to stop declining and as soon as I did, I read this post. Talk about great timing.


    Arthur Toole, III

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